Your child will name the letters of the alphabet, and recognize words that begin with those letters, as they toss a soft ball into a muffin tin.
Begin by placing one magnetic letter in each muffin tin. Alternatively, different letters could be written on masking tape or on paper muffin liners and placed into the tins (one letter per tin).
Next, say “Let’s play a game called Muffin Tin Toss! I’m hungry for a pretend snack. Let’s see which tin we can toss the ball into.” Have your child gently toss the ball into a muffin tin and identify the letter it lands on. You can also ask, “What sound does the letter make? Can you think of a food that starts with that letter?” Help your child with these parts of the game as needed. For example, “That letter is ‘S.’ ‘S’ makes the /sssss/ sound. Let’s think of something we could eat that starts with the /ssss/ sound, soup? salad? sausage? strawberries?”
Take turns with your childand continue this game until the ball has landed on all of the letters or your child is ready to stop.